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Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links | 7.5 Score

Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, Hole No. 17 | Par 3
Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, Hole No. 17 | Par 3.

Location: Little River, S.C.
Course architect: Clyde Johnston
Opened: 1996
Par: 72
Tee — Yardage | Rating / Slope:
Black­ — 6,890 | 73.1 / 145
Blue — 6,446 | 71.2 / 137
White — 6,035 | 70.2 / 127
Gold — 5,617 | 68.5 / 116
Red — 5,002 | 70.6 / 122
Saturday morning green fee: $$$
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: No
Fairways: Common Bermudagrass
Greens: Champion Bermudagrass

7.5 Fun Meter

Starter: Glen Dornoch is the best of the four golf courses in the Glens Golf Group, and it is the most challenging of the group as well. Water comes into play on 12 of the holes, and there are many forced carries over marshlands. The finishing stretch is one of the toughest in the greater Myrtle Beach area. This is a lesser-known gem in the area, but it is in the Myrtle Beach Top Ten, according to Golf Digest.This is one of the best courses from Clyde Johnston, a North Carolina native, who worked for Willard Byrd and Associates before venturing out on his own.

Play because …: You’ll find out just how good a golfer you are on that particular day. There are plenty of challenges — long carries over marshlands, deep pot bunkers similar to Scotland, and century-old live oaks that encroach on the fairways. Conversely, there are scenic views of the Intercoastal Waterway.

Takeaway: Glen Dornoch is located in the quaint town of Little River, 20 miles north of Myrtle Beach. When the round is finished, dine in the cozy grill room that offers daily lunch specials or choose to stop at the nearby restaurants and watering holes dotted along the Intercoastal. Crab Catchers is a favorite.

THE RATINGS [1 to 10 scale; 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 8.5
Pro shop: 7.5
Clubhouse: 7.5
Difficulty: 8.5
Pace of play: 7.5

Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, Hole No. 3 | Par 4
Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, Hole No. 3 | Par 4.

THE COURSE | Scorecard
Best par 3: No. 17 [212 | 182 | 164 | 115 | 105 yards]
This is harder than most par 3s, but it is the signature hole of Glen Dornoch, with a breathtaking view of the Intercoastal Waterway to the left. With a 165-yard carry over the marshland from the white tees, a receptive green some 40 yards wide awaits. Penal bunkers are at the back right as well, so celebrate if a par is made.

Best par 4: No. 3 {300 | 285 | 272 | 255 | 225 yards]
There is a choice to made from the tee box — play short of the fairway bunkers at 200 yards and leave a blind approach for the second shot or take a chance at driving over the fairway bunkers to get close to the green. The risk in going for the green is that trouble awaits to the left in the form of two deep greenside bunkers. There is also a thick wooded area farther to the left. This is a narrow, but fun, par 4

Best par 5: No. 13 [525 | 505 | 487 | 465 | 415 yards]
This is the most benign of the par 5s, and the second shortest on the course. The hole bends to the left and flattens out toward the green, exposing the Intercoastal marshland on the left. This is one of the most open approach shots on the course because there is only one greenside bunker; and that is back and left. Favor the left side of the fairway from start to finish on this hole and the birdie potential rises.

Phone: 843.249.2541 | 800.717.8784
Facebook: @GlenDornochGolfCourse
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Rater: Craig Smith

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